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    Re: This is Negara Brunei Darussalam

    You cannot visit BSB without taking pictures of the Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Mosque:




    And the classical view, with the Royal Barge:

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      Since I had some time on my hand while waiting to fly home, I actually entered the grounds for some closer looks at the details of architecture:


      The main Minaret:


      A fountain at one side:


      Even the bottom of the pool was decorated with golden tiles:


      Stained glass windows:

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        The grounds:


        A side entrance:

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          The Royal barge from the opposite side:


          Walking towards the barge:


          On board the barge:


          The inevitable plaque:

          It is actually made of concrete and in need of some maintenance.

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            The Mosque as seen from the barge:


            Unfortunately I wasn't able to enter as it was in the middle of one of the prayer sessions:

            I know, "only mad dogs and Norwegians walk under the midday sun", to paraphrase a famous author. It was abt. 1400 hrs. and baking hot.

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              Re: This is Negara Brunei Darussalam

              If I haven't said it before I'll repeat it now; nearly all official buildings in Brunei Darussalam is monumental, and a lot of the commercial buildings too.

              Here is a shopping mall in the centre of BSB:


              And the view towards the commercial centre across the Padang from the Mosque:


              But not everything works, even in BSB:

              This clock is at least correct twice a day.

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                A few Government buildings next to the Mosque:






                If the building is from earlier days and fairly basic, there will be some decorations added:

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                  This building houses the Royal regalia and gifts:




                  I'm not sure what these buildings are used for:


                  But this is my hotel, the Radisson Brunei Darussalm:


                  It is surprising to see what appears to be a stalled project in the middle of BSB:

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                    Before we leave Brunei for this time, let's look at a local Food Court, situated in a public park:




                    Few guests in the baking hot afternoon:


                    The main section was actually closed:


                    But here is a selection of what is available during the evening:

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                      Re: This is Negara Brunei Darussalam

                      ombugge,

                      I do not know, but perhaps you know why the top of round buildings has that "Hersey-kiss" looking gold cone?

                      I mean, is there any significant meaning to the shape of the roof on mosques?
                      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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